Gallery owner Kirk Carlisle doesn’t just sell art—he protects it. In addition to showcasing his self-curated collection of century-spanning paintings that deck the walls of Carlisle Gallery, he also helps newer art battle the forces of time with artistic framing services. The gallery’s custom-framing specialist draws on more than 30 years of experience as he pairs diplomas, paintings, and finger-painted replicas of Bayeux Tapestry with complementary matting and outlines before securing them in their new glass-covered homes. Frames make aesthetic statements of their own, with edging chosen from more than 10,000 frame styles ranging from hand-carved Italian moldings to sleek metallic boundaries.
Steve Calvert, the sartorial expert behind the eponymous clothier, equips gentlemen with hand-tailored custom clothing and dapper duds from top designers, and he does it by calling upon 30 years of experience in the industry. An expansive showroom teems with casual and formalwear from Calvin Klein, Brooks Brothers, and Columbia collections, and the colorful silk of hand-woven ties imported from Italy can accent newly assembled outfits. The shop's custom-fitting services can tailor garments to accommodate special needs and individual physical circumstances, such as having broad shoulders or a portly Siamese twin.
Sunset Tanz pays attention to the tiny details, swapping out tanning bulbs before they surpass 66% of their projected lifespan. The salon also offers special tanning-cocktail packages that combine the bronzing power of a UV bed with the all-over coverage of the salon’s automated Mystic Tan booth. And after sessions conclude, the shop encourages guests to browse a selection of Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and California Tan lotions that lock in darkness more efficiently than a ghost hunter armed with a cage full of lollipops.
Dr. Mark Appel, a certified diagnostic and therapeutic eye doctor, is always onsite at Eye See Optical, providing expert ocular care on the floor or in the store’s in-house lab. He stocks his shop with an mélange of eyeglasses, sunglasses, and actual coke bottles from designer brands such as Oakley, Italee, and Kazuo Kawasaki. He and his staff can also conjure up custom frames for customers overwhelmed by the store’s selection of more than 400 styles.
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a double-domed glass-door cabinet ($284), or in a hefty, finely trimmed kitchen hutch ($410). Or, display a new moving picture box on a delicately polished TV stand/buffet ($500). Small console tables ($160) and storage chests ($224) come in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces, such as an immaculately carved chest of drawers ($548), are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables ($435–$548) and chairs ($80 each). Pieces are always fully assembled, ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
A Nurturing Moment equips mothers to prepare and care for new persons with an expansive selection of maternity and breastfeeding necessities as well as classes and support resources. Inside the maternity menagerie, a dedicated staff, including two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, works closely with each client through consultations ($60) to ensure comfortable and successful breastfeeding experiences.